Senate Votes to Extend Patriot Act
The Senate, on a voice vote, today extended the expiring Patriot Act provisions:
One provision authorizes court-approved roving wiretaps that permit surveillance on multiple phones. A second allows court-approved seizure of records and property in antiterrorism operations. A third permits surveillance against a noncitizen suspected of engaging in terrorism who may not be part of a recognized terrorist group.
How's this for a compromise?
In agreeing to pass the bill, Senate Democrats retreated from adding new privacy protections to the USA Patriot Act.
Having a majority in the Senate doesn't seem to mean much in the age of compromise. The bill now goes to the House, which undoubtedly will do the same.
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